A loan of $1,000 helped to buy art supplies.

Damaris's story

Damaris is 48 years old and lives with her husband and three children in the Fray Casiano, Puntarenas zone. It’s a poor neighborhood with many limitations. [Damaris] is a person with many desires of getting ahead. She has been making arts and crafts for the past ten years. She is constantly teaching herself so that she can offer high quality products to her customers. Aside from decorations, she makes quality purses, covers for appliances, bath articles, and products for birthday parties, first communions, and baptisms. She is well known in the zone for being dedicated to this work and so she is not in need of customers during the year.

She began by buying a small amount of items with her husband’s help, began training herself and improving her techniques. She diversified her production, increasing her number of customers, and improving her income. The goal for this loan is to buy supplies and some tools. Schools from the area seek her out to make things for school parties due to the quality of her work.

She works throughout most of the day and her daughter is in university. Her younger children attend school. Her first daily task is to prepare food for them so they can go to school. Given the great quantity of orders, she works into the night. She does her work by hand but once the machine is repaired things will speed up and she can increase her production and spend more time with her family.

Her main obstacle has been lack of capital, but this loan will allow her to have the money she needs to buy supplies and increase her production and reach her dream of fixing up her hose. She repaid her first loan and wants to continue having support from Fundación Mujer and Kiva so she can support her children’s educations.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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